“I suggest we have some of those masks people be using.” Commissioner Marion Williams
This Tuesday, the Coliseum Authority voted to move forward on allowing consultants to finish the work they were paid for a couple of years ago regarding the location for a new arena.
Augustan’s are asking: “Does this mean we are well on our way to having a new arena built downtown?”
While there is a lot of positivity regarding the mayor’s change of position coming from those advocating the current site, the hard truth is the decision is in the hands of the Augusta Richmond County Commission.
For those new to the Augusta area, we offer up Agenda Item 12 from the Administrative Services Committee meeting that was being held on the same day as the Coliseum Authority meeting.
Item Twelve-discuss with Central Services what type of air fresheners and scents are placed in government buildings.
Commissioner John Clark:
“I brought this to the agenda simply because I’ve had so many people, you know, ask me about this, complain about this. I just want to know-what, what scents do we use here? Is it a neutral? Do we really have to have them?”
Committee Chairman Sias asked a staff member to address the commissioner’s concerns.
“Uh, sure. We only have automatic air fresheners in our bathrooms. And they are, when I checked last, a neutral fragrance. One floor opted to have another flavor that was purchased and decided upon by that particular floor but as far as what happens in each individual suite and each department Central Services does not control what air fresheners are used in those suites.”
Commissioner Clark: “Okay. So, so you’re saying that anybody can use anything that they want to any department and regardless of the citizens coming into that department doing business they just have to kind of tolerated it?”
“No Sir. I think that that would be a decision that is up to this body.”
“What I stated was that the Central Services Department does not purchase air freshener for individual suites, various departments. Some burn candles or use other types of air fresheners the only air fresheners that we purchase are for our big box facilities: the Municipal Building Judicial Center, Sheriff facilities. They are placed in the bathroom.”
Commissioner Sias: “Mr. Clark are you are you advocating that we have a fragrance policy?”
Before he could answer, Commissioner Williams had a solution.
“I suggest we have some of those masks people be using. When you go into a department frequently enough for that to bother you you put on of those on. I mean, I’m trying to figure out how we can handle that cause that’s gonna create some more bureaucracy.”
Ultimately more study was needed to address the issue. Commissioner Sias asked the city attorney to look into the issue by inviting the Wellness Center to address the matter.
Commissioner Sias: “We’ll ask our attorney to send them (Wellness Center) a request to bring that back to us. Can you do that Mr. Attorney?”
Mr. Attorney: “Uh, if the administrator would like me to do so I think it would be appropriate. But I think it’s really-I think that’s purely administrative.”
The vote was unanimous to have the administrator contact the Wellness Center for additional study.
So the city attorney was asked to intervene. Lord Bless Us All. Our advice? Don’t get your hopes up for a new arena anytime soon.